A friar is and was a member of one of the Catholic Church's dedicated religious brotherhoods that shun material wealth and live among the common people rather than in monasteries. Friars belong to the mendicant orders th... More »

During the Middle Ages, land travel took place by foot, by horse or by cart and carriage, while sea travel utilized either sailing ships or galleys. Some wealthy individuals may have utilized sedan chairs, also known as ... More »

What a person ate in medieval times depended on his social standing and on how wealthy he was. Medieval peasants had a very simple diet, and wealthier people had a more varied choice of food. More »

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During the medieval period, monks performed many different jobs in and out of monasteries. Monasteries were often centers for learning and served as primitive hospitals, and in some cases held courts to judge crimes for ... More »

In Medieval times, a baron was a member of the English nobility. The kings of the era leased land to barons, and in exchange, the barons had to serve on the king's council and provide food and beds to the king and his me... More »

In medieval times, the role of the king was to own land, lead his country and people in times of war and set laws. A king was, essentially, the supreme ruler of his land. More »

Knights performed military services for lords within a kingdom. Clergymen during the Crusades established a moral code in which a knight must also protect churches, women, orphans and the weak. More »

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